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Ways you can give me money? Well, I take cash, PayPal and credit ca-
No, but seriously. I’ve recently become an affiliate for both the Book Depository and Grammarly! You might have seen the images on the sidebar. Let me explain more about these two companies (in case you’ve never heard of them) and the benefit to me if you buy something.
So affiliates. Something I’ve noticed about the blogging community (not just book bloggers but other bloggers in general) is that affiliates is generally regarded as something that is taboo to talk about. Affiliates are a “bad” thing, something that should be shoved in tiny print right at the bottom of the post: “Disclaimer: This happens to be an affiliate post”.
But you know what? I don’t believe in trying to trick my readers. And I don’t believe that the fact that I get money from this is something that I should hide. I also don’t believe in the whole taboo around making money blogging, but that’s a conversation for a different time, and that’s why I’ve tried to be as transparent as possible in this post. I get money from this. I’m not going to hide that as if it’s something to be ashamed of.
The Book Depository
If you haven’t heard of the Book Depository, then you’re either a hermit or a durian. Either way, NOT GOOD. The Book Depository is a really good site where you can buy books (oh wow, WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT, PAUL). For me, what makes TBD better than most other bookstores is that they offer free shipping on usually already discounted books (one downside is that the shipping can take a fairly long time depending on where you live, so keep that in mind if you’re buying a gift, or if you need a book in a short time).
TBD also has a huge variety of books to choose from, and unless it’s some kind of 3000 year old ancient parchment written in the language of Harkneedr, then you can probably get it off the Book Depository. (I got this super obscure book on Japanese Grammar basics last month. すごいですねー！).
And also, another HUGE plus is that you get free bookmarks with every purchase. Because bookmarks are everything. Obviously.
Many of you probably already buy with the Book Depository. I’ve recently started including a link at the bottom of every review I post to purchase that book from the Book Depository. That link will be an affiliate link from now on.
Why use my link? Because you’re all kind and wonderful souls. Also because it doesn’t affect your purchase in any way whatsoever, apart from the fact that I will violently throw happy comments at you if you purchase with my link (a good thing. Who doesn’t like happy comments?).
How it works? You click on my referral link – which is embedded in all the TBD banners and images you see, for example, the one on the sidebar there – and shop exactly like normal. It will present to you the exact same pages you would see as if you were to shop without my link. Search your book, or perhaps browse, and buy. The affiliate program follows your progress and logs in 5% of the amount of your purchase to my TBD affiliate account. It’s then approved, and I get that 5%. It doesn’t affect you in any way, I promise.
Don’t use my link if don’t want to. I won’t kill you (or will I? Heh). But if you do, then thank you very much!
Grammarly is quite different from The Book Depository, but it’s still something that I think you guys would find helpful.
Okay. You know SpellCheck? The one in Word? Well, Grammarly is basically a much better version of SpellCheck.
The main reason you would pick Grammarly over Word’s SpellCheck is the fact that it will pick up more than your odd typo here and there. It’ll pick up all of the grammar errors in your text, and edit some pretty weird English nuances. Stuff like: “had done” instead of “did” and complicated stuff like “informal pronouns” and “future conditionals”. Whatever they are.
It’s also a thesaurus so you can add fancy words and sound like you have your sh1t together, even when you really don’t know what you’re talking about. I.e. me, 90% of the time. Grammarly’s thesaurus suggests words from context, so you don’t get “free from moisture” when you’re talking about how “dry” a book is, which is what Thesaurus.com will probably give you.
The spellcheck it does have is also more advanced than Word’s spellcheck – it checks word against context, even if they’re spelt right, like “lose” and “loose” and “affect” and “effect”.
Grammarly’s browser extensions correct anywhere that you might type on the internet, so blog posts, social media posts, emails, job applications, etc. You’ll see a little green “G” in the bottom right hand corner of most text boxes and that’s how you know if it’s there or not.
So if you click on this link below, and visit that page through a computer browser that the extension supports – Chrome, Firefox, Safari – then you’ll be offered the option of installing a browser extension. If you sign up (free) and install the extension (which is also free), I get 20 cents (a small fortune in student currency). If you sign up for their premium account ($10-$30 a month depending on which one you pick), I get $20 (woahhh).
So once again, use my link if you’d like to. Don’t if you’re not interested. I don’t mind. Thank you!
Don’t worry, this is the only post I’ll make on the subject. As always, thanks for reading!